Welcome to this weeks Thursday Throng Author Interview and I’d like to introduce you all to Nicky Wells the author of Sophie’s Run. Nicky is the ultimate rock chick author who loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters.
I’m a real sucker for chick lit books, the wilder the better and the good ones keep me hooked in for days on end. Sophie’s run was no exception and I stayed up reading in bed until it was finished – it certainly annoyed the lovely Stevie 😉 Sophie is a lovely, likeable character who turns out to have high moral standards (sort of) and is adamant that she will always ‘do the right thing’. I could really empathise with her dilemma although I’m not sure I’d be as strong in the same situation. All in all a great read and it would be perfect as a summer read on the beach. And now I’m off to pick up the second in the series, Sophie’s Run.
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
I have a thing about feet. I don’t like them. I admit they’re jolly useful for walking and doing all sorts of essential things, but I just can’t stand them, they creep me out They’re so… weird-shaped and… well, I find them ugly. I have this obsession that they’re full of germs and I can’t bear the thought of bare feet touching my pillow. I am totally obsessive about keeping the ‘foot end’ of my duvet at the foot end at all times. I go mad when my OH gets it all muddled up and the thought of putting my head where feet have been… yeah, well, I think you get the idea. Apparently that means I suffer from podophobia. And now my deepest, darkest secret is out.
What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?
This is a reader’s reaction posted to Amazon, probably straight after she finished reading my first novel, Sophie’s Turn. And this is the reason why I write ~ this reader totally one hundred percent connected with the book, she loved it, and her feedback made my year.
Absolutely loved this book!!
Picture this , your a teenager in love with your favourite pop/rock star!!!
You meet them , go back stage, and well 10 years later when you meet your new love , finally get engaged and gasp , you meet your teenage idol who falls in love with you and ………….
You’ll have to read it!!!
It is my all time favourite book and ermmm dream!!!!!!
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
Oh yes. I am liable to set the house on fire because I get distracted while cooking lunch. Only the other day, I forgot all about the bacon under the grill while I just rushed back to the office to finish a scene. It was the smoke billowing out from the kitchen that alerted me to impending disaster, and I rushed to the oven to fix the damage. Alas, I did the worst thing imaginable, not being quite alive to the severity of the situation. I opened the oven door and a huge flash flame came shooting out, probably because I actually gave the fire some oxygen. Nearly took my eyebrows off, too. So I hastily closed the door, turned off the grill and watched the bacon burn merrily in the grill pan for about ten minutes or so. A couple of days later, I repeated the experience with some naan breads. I have now banned myself from using the grill, whether I’m writing or otherwise!
Have you ever written naked?
*Blushes* I certainly have. I was just coming out of the shower and I had been mulling over a critical scene in Sophie’s Run. Inspiration struck, I was alone in the house so… I raced downstairs to the computer and got typing before the fleeting moment passed. I did close all the curtains so the neighbours wouldn’t see, and I had to mop up a little puddle off the floor afterwards (I didn’t dry anything but my hands, you gather) but it was worth it.
How do you remain sane while working?
I don’t. I go quite mad. Honestly, I swear our postman must think I’m a lunatic because every time I open the door to him, I’m like the Wild Woman From The Swamp. My hair stands on end, my eyes are wild with the make-up nicely smudged, and I generally have no idea what day it is. The challenge is leaving that temporary madness behind when I have to pick up the kids from school….(I set a timer for that, LOL).
What is the strangest thing you have ever had to do to promote a book?
Well, I’m relatively new to the scene so I haven’t a huge wealth of experience here. However. I took part in a book festival last year and as part of that, I signed up to do a reading during a Readathon in a shopping centre. For some reason, things weren’t going exactly as planned and nobody was paying any of us authors any attention. I swear people actually hurried their steps just to get quickly past the book-wielding, microphone-carrying strangers. So when my turn came… I burst into song. Bon Jovi, to be precise, “You Give Love a Bad Name.”
I’m not a great singer, nor a confident one, and that may be the reason why the whole place ground to a halt, but at any rate, I stood there, singing, holding my book aloft, and I had everyone’s attention for about… 20 seconds. Some friends liked the performance so much that they persuaded me to have another go at a more official setting later that night. Somebody recorded it and here’s the footage….
What is the book that you wished you had written?
50 Shades of Grey, beyond the shadow of a doubt. Then I could indulge in writing all day long without any further worries, I’d be laughing all the way to the bank, and I could eventually retire in style.
What is your favourite TV moment of all time?
Oh, that’s easy. Pretty Woman! When she returns to the Fashion Emporium on Rodeo Drive AFTER she’s been kitted out by Richard Gere, walking round and reminding the snooty assistants of the previous day of how they wouldn’t serve her. “Big Mistake. Big. Huge.” Love it! Love it, love it, love it.
If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?
Funnily enough, I have actually given this some thought. Not that I’m a professional hit woman, you understand, but I have considered this from a writerly perspective. Think Castle, right? Anyhow, I’m not so worried about hiding the body at all because nobody could trace me. I would stab my poor victim through the heart with an ice dagger (it can be done, I’m told) and the evidence would simply melt. I guess it’s a variation on Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter, which I read for A-Level and which made a deep and lasting impression….
Disclaimer: I have never committed murder, nor will I ever. This is purely hypothetical reflection for professional, authorly purposes.
Where can you find out more about Nicky and buy a copy of Sophie’s Turn?
Sophie’s Run is now available in Kindle edition from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and in Paperback edition from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. You can also get the paperback at Barnes & Noble, or download Sophie’s Run onto your Nook (coming soon).
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